November 7, 2012
Einstein Is A Reality Star Who Invented Facebook, Survey Says
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
A new study out of the UK suggests that maybe parents should educate their children a little more about facts, and a little less about reality stars and fictional characters.
According to the new study, a third of primary school children in the UK believe that Albert Einstein is a reality television star. The UK school children polled in the study believe that they had seen Einstein on shows like The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent. For those of you who are unaware and do not see the shame in that, Albert Einstein died in 1955.
If that statistic isn't enough to have Santa Claus' presents dropped from this year's Christmas agenda in lieu of a simple history book, then how about the fact that 22 percent of eight year olds believe Stephen Hawking is a hairdresser.
The same percentage of seven year olds credit Thomas Edison, who invented the electric light bulb, as the creator of Facebook. However, Mark Zuckerberg, the actual creator of Facebook, is not left out in the dark.
Sixty-eight percent of the students polled in the survey were able to properly identify Zuckerberg as the creator of the world's largest social network. Maybe if Einstein were still around to have a Facebook profile, more children would know who he was.
As ages progress, the knowledge of the father of some rudimentary laws of physics still remained unknown. The survey found that a third of 11 to 14 year olds still did not know who discovered gravity.
It seems as though popular culture has a lot to do with a child's perspective of science. One in five primary school children believe that England and Manchester United soccer player Wayne Rooney is a scientist.
Also, according to a child's mind, X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos is credited for being the creator of penicillin.
"It is eye-opening to discover children of today are more aware of Mark Zuckerberg than men and women who made iconic discoveries and inventions that revolutionized the modern world," Jeff Moody, from Haier, said in a statement to the Daily Mail.